Muhlenberg rallies for OT win
Mules tally twice in final minute to force overtime, down McDaniel
ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Amanda McGovern tallied four goals and added two assist, including with 29 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game at 13-all, to lead Muhlenberg to a 14-13 victory over McDaniel in Centennial Conference (CC) women’s lacrosse action on Saturday.
Paige Messersmith (Phoenix, Md./Dulaney) and Chelsea Watkins (Columbia, Md./Hammond) each scored three goals to lead the Green Terror (7-5, 1-4 CC), who fell two games out of the fifth and final playoff spot with four conference games to play.
Trailing 13-10 with four minute to play in regulation, the Mules (7-4, 2-3 CC) tallied the final four goals of the contest to move to within one game of a playoff spot.
After back-to-back tallies from Watkins 3:09 apart gave the visitors a three-goal advantage with 7:29 to play, McGovern drew Muhlenberg with two with 3:32 on the clock.
A Lauren DeCarle unassisted tally with one minute showing made it a one-goal game before McGovern finished a solo run 31 seconds later to force the 6-minute extra session.
Danielle Scarrone finished a pass from McGovern 26 seconds into the period and Allisyn Vachon made two of her 18 saves over the final 5:34 of the session for the win.
Two goals from Brittany Lines (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) gave McDaniel a 2-0 lead just 1:54 into the game before McGovern got the Mules on the board with an unassisted tally at the 4:59 mark.
Goals from Messersmith and Alison Rose (Jessup, Md./Hammond) stretched the lead to 4-1 midway through the period before all three of Danielle Rosen’s goals keyed a five-goal flurry over the final 12:34 of the half to take a 6-4 advantage into the break.
McGovern capped the 6-0 burst 26 seconds into the second half before Lisa Jurd (Columbia, Md./Hammond) and Messersmith made it a one-goal game just 2:10 later.
Tallies from Bascelli and Kelsey Elmer reestablished a two-goal edge for the Mules but Walkins sparked a five-goal burst with a free-position goal at the 46:35 mark.
Messersmith added an 8-meter goal a minute later before Brittany Baer (Manchester, Md./Westminster) tallied her 38th goal of the season and the 177th of her collegiate career with 11:53 to play to give her team a one-goal edge and leave the senior one goal shy of tying Sandi Steven’s all-time goal scoring record.
McDaniel returns to action at home against Washington (Md.) on Tuesday. Game time is 4 p.m.
McDaniel (7-5, 1-4 CC) 4 9 0 - 13
Muhlenberg (7-4, 2-3 CC) 6 7 1 - 14
McDaniel: Paige Messersmith 3, Chelsea Watkins 3, Brittany Lines 2, Brittany Baer, Stephanie Serbun, Lisa Jurd, Anna Beaudry, Alison Rose.
Muhlenberg: Amanda McGovern 4, Danielle Rosen 3, Alyssa Bascelli 2, Danielle Scarrone 2, Angela Napoletano, Lauren DeCarle, Kelsey Elmer.
Shots: Mc 34, Mu 32. Ground Balls: Mc 15, Mu 18. Goalies: Mc (Leanne Hollinger – 10 saves, 14 GA), Mu (Allisyn Vachon – 18 saves, 13 GA). Caused Turnovers: Mc 8, Mu 5. Turnovers: Mc 18, Mu 20. Draw Controls: Mc 18, Mu 13. Free Position: Mc 4 of 5, Mu 1 of 4.